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"Company Picnic" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, Mr. Krabs throws a company picnic to boost morale, but Plankton hosts his own picnic on the same day.



The episode starts at the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob is playing with patty meat and other ingredients on the grill. Since it is a slow day, he imagines the Krabby Patties coming to life. Tossing around the pickles, one suddenly launches into Squidward's eye, causing him to mistakenly grab the hot sauce and squirt it into his eye. Mr. Krabs then extinguishes his eye, and the Krabby Patties SpongeBob had left on the grill. Mr. Krabs is curious as to why SpongeBob is not working. Since SpongeBob had his Krabby Patties on a picnic, Mr. Krabs decides to throw his own company picnic.

Plankton, meanwhile, spies on the crew through the back window, and gets an idea to throw his own company picnic, too.

Squidward and Mr. Krabs having fun.

This leads to a transition where Mr. Krabs is acting cheap again with the picnic materials and ends up devastating the company picnic. To boost Squidward's sour attitude, Mr. Krabs tries to play games to do so, but Squidward still resents him. Plankton comes by and sets up a more fun company picnic that Squidward and Mr. Krabs soon rush over to. While Mr. Krabs and Squidward frolic, after SpongeBob accidentally throws the pen used to sign a contract that will make Mr. Krabs work for Plankton, after seeing it go through a robot, he realizes all the content in Plankton's company picnic were holograms, and SpongeBob soon rushes over to stop them from being deceived. Plankton then gets launched in a plate of mustard and explodes when it hit the land. SpongeBob then tells that this is the greatest company picnic ever, with a rainbow, some jellyfishes, and some seahorses coming in the scene, and after that, Mr. Krabs tells Squidward and SpongeBob to get back to work. The episode ends with Squidward getting stung by a jellyfish, much to his dismay.

Running gags

  • Squidward getting hurt.


Image of the script.

The episode was first mentioned in a tweet by Paul Tibbitt on November 14, 2014.

The image of a script listed "Dueling Picnics" as a former title. The episode script was written by Jack Pendarvis and the story is by Mr. Lawrence.[2] On an interesting note, Kyle McCulloch is another writer for this episode. Although, this fact was not known until the episode was officially released.

On July 4, 2015, Sherm Cohen confirmed that the episode is real.[3]

In the storyboard version of the scene where Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob talk about going on a company picnic:

  • Herb's family is shaped differently than in the final version.
  • In the storyboard version, there is one pickle on the image on the pickle jar. In the final version, there are two.
  • In the storyboard version, the pickles in the jar are slices. In the final version, they are full pickles.
  • In the storyboard version, the calendar next to the pickle jar has more than one ship. In the final version, there is only one ship.
  • In the storyboard version, in the bun image, more of the bottom box appears than in the final version, the bottom right drawer is overflowing with buns, and the bottom left drawer has a label. In the final version, less of the bottom box appears than in the storyboard version, the bottom right drawer is not overflowing with buns, and the bottom left drawer does not have a label on it. Also, the barrel and trash can are different in that storyboard version than in the final version.
  • In the storyboard version, the ketchup bottles, thee image on them, and the faucet are all different than in the final version.
  • In the storyboard version, the hose is wrapped around the holder twice. In the final version, it is wrapped around once.
  • Pete looks different in the storyboard version than in the final version.
  • The productivity chart ketchup line is a little different in the storyboard version than in the final version.
  • When Mr. Krabs says, "No! Not leaving the workplace for pleasure," in the final version, he looks like he did in his previous shot, but in the storyboard version, he does not.
  • When Mr. Krabs says, "Gee, SpongeBob, do you think if I threw a picnic, your productivity would increase?," the first image in the storyboard features Mr. Krabs with his left claw up with the pincers pointing up. In the final version, at no point in that period does Mr. Krabs lift his left claw up and have his pincers pointing up.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Another Best Day Ever - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening at Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [pickle flies into Squidward's eye]
  Monster Bug A - Gregor Narholz [pickle impacts into Squidward's eye]
  House Of Horror - William Merrick Farran [Squidward screams]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs with fire extinguisher]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17A - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs sprays Squidward]
  An Underwater Conversation - Barry Anthony [SpongeBob's food friends]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 12 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hey, what's wrong with Pete?"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [productivity chart]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Hey!"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob suggests to Mr. Krabs to do a company picnic.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["See, look!"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs considers throwing a company picnic.]
  Showbizzy March - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs and SpongeBob high five each other]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton spying]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [picnic in Jellyfish Fields]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob makes a toilet paper hat]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward picks up a mustard packet]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't see it anywhere."]
  Bumbling (b) - Bernd Gesell [Krabs won't let Squidward leave]
  Superfriends Wipe - Nicolas Carr ["Hi, I'm Barnacle Boy!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17B - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs and SpongeBob laugh]
  Enchanted [#67.02] - Gregor Narholz ["We've learned a little something."]
  Everlasting (d) - Gregor Narholz ["...the greatest company picnic ever!"]
  Plankton’s Party Bus - Nicolas Carr [bus approaches]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Chumpany picnic?"]
  Big Top in 4 - Brad Carow [Plankton shows SpongeBob all the activities]
  Big Top in 3 - Brad Carow [A calliope is played.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward runs past Krabs]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob zips Krabs' shell]
  Big Top in 4 - Brad Carow [Squidward riding roller coaster]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6C - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob squirts mayo on Krabs' face]
  Zombie Organ Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Ooh, the ghost of mayonnaise bad!"]
  Big Top in 4 - Brad Carow [cotton candy]
  Goofy Conversation Continued - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["You want to join in all that fun over there with Mr. Squidward, don't ya?"]
  Welcome to Glove World - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs plays carnival games]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Plankton holds up contract]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr [candy pens]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green ["Me first!"]
  Creeping Up [#63] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["This is working far better than I planned."]
  House Of Horror - William Merrick Farran ["Mr. Krabs, don't sign it!"]
  Agitation Bridge 5 - Phil Green [hologram projector]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Simmy and Tally are holograms?"]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I was riding that?"]
  Terror - Alan Braden [fish skeletons]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["You saved me, boy."]
  Everlasting (d) - Gregor Narholz ["The greatest company picnic ever!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Alright, enough relaxing. Back to work."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]





  • The title card background, which uses a red and white checkered pattern in nod to a picnic blanket, is similar to those of "Dying for Pie" and "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," except in widescreen.
    • This is the third episode to use that same red and white checkered background for the title card. The first was "Dying for Pie," and the second was "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy."
  • "Watering down the ketchup" was previously mentioned in "Safe Deposit Krabs."
  • This is the only episode in which Barnacle Boy is referenced without Mermaid Man.
  • Plankton plays on words for his company picnic, calling it "Chumpany Picnic."
  • Plankton's "robots" are named Simmy and Tally, mirroring SpongeBob's characters that he made from meat at the beginning of the episode named Timmy and Sally.
  • SpongeBob breaks the fourth wall when he acknowledges that he is moving in slow-motion.
  • This is the first episode to credit animatic directors in the opening credits.
  • This is the second appearance of a calliope. The first was "Free Samples."
  • This is the fourth appearance of a hologram. The first was "The Algae's Always Greener," the second was "Truth or Square," and the third was "One Coarse Meal."
  • This is the fifth appearance of Squidward's mother. The first was "Fools in April," the second was "Krusty Towers," the third was "Ghost Host," and the fourth was "Little Yellow Book."
  • This episode is among the few times Mr. Krabs is willing to work for Plankton due to the false treats and games that Plankton made.


  • In the Turkish dub, the title card was mistakenly left in English undubbed.[5]

The Galley Grub and Order Here signs are missing.

  • When Squidward's eye got infected with pickle juice, the Galley Grub and Order Here signs are missing.
  • The 1946 calendar is false because there is no month in the year 1946 that started on a Tuesday and only had 30 days.

The stuffed walruses tusks are miscolored.

  • When SpongeBob hears Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton laughing together, the two stuffed walruses tusks are colored orange instead of yellow.
  • SpongeBob's lower jaw disappears just before the candy pen goes through Simmy's eye.
  • The hologram machine is not shown until the end of the episode. It should have been seen during Plankton's picnic.
    • Holograms can only create images. They are unable to alter objects that already exist.
    • Mr. Krabs and Squidward should have been able to taste/smell the trash disguised as toys/food.
    • Simmy and Tally are capable of moving and acting on their own along with Simmy being able to talk, even though they are just holograms on top of inanimate objects.
  • The candy pen disappears when Simmy gets turned back into a trash can.

Karen is mistakenly credited.

  • Jill Talley is credited as playing Karen. However, Karen is neither seen nor heard in this episode.



Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)

Nominees: Sean Dempsey, Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Sam Henderson, Stephen Hillenburg, Jay Lender, Mark O'Hare, Kent Osborne, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "New Student Starfish"/"Clams," 2003)Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt (for "Ugh," 2004)Mike Bell, C.H. Greenblatt, Stephen Hillenburg, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty"/"Shell of a Man," 2005)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Stephen Hillenburg, Tom King, Dani Michaeli, Chris Mitchell, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Bummer Vacation"/"Wigstruck," 2007)Steven Banks, Charlie Bean, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Chris Reccardi, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "The Inmates of Summer"/"The Two Faces of Squidward," 2008)

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated Programs

Nominees: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Dear Vikings," 2009)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

Nominees: Luke Brookshier, Dina Buteyn, Nate Cash, Stephen Hillenburg, Doug Lawrence, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart and Paul Tibbitt (for "That Sinking Feeling," 2011)Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle McCulloch, Jennie Monica, Jack Pendarvis, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Company Picnic," 2016)Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica, Adam Paloian, Alan Smart, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Plankton Paranoia," 2019)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)Stephen Hillenburg, Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica (2018)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2018)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2020)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for an Animated Program

Nominees: D.J. Lynch, Justin Brinsfield, Ryan Greene, Manny Grijalva, Jeff Hutchins and Aran Tanchum (2020)